LAHORE: An accountability court docket on Thursday issued warrants for the arrest of Kamran Kayani, brother of former military chief retired Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Paragon Metropolis Housing Society’s director Nadeem Zia and one other within the Ashiyana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme rip-off.
Because the court docket resumed listening to on the reference within the housing rip-off, the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced three suspects, together with former principal secretary to the prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad, former director common of the Lahore Growth Authority Ahad Khan Cheema and Shahid Shafique of Bismillah Engineering. They have been on judicial remand.
A NAB prosecutor instructed the court docket that Chief of the Opposition within the Nationwide Meeting Shahbaz Sharif, additionally an accused within the case, was in Islamabad on transit remand to chair conferences of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). He mentioned Kamran Kayani, Nadeem Zia, and Khalid Hussain by no means joined the investigation regardless of repeated summons and that NAB had declared them absconders.
At this, Choose Syed Najamul Hassan issued arrest warrants for the three absconders and handed over copies of the reference to the three suspects current within the court docket. A lawyer appeared on behalf of Mr Sharif and obtained a replica of the reference. The decide adjourned additional listening to until Jan 10.
Kamran Kayani has already been declared an absconder within the Rs15 billion DHA-Metropolis (Lahore) rip-off. NAB had issued his arrest warrants within the case and in addition requested the Ministry of Inside in 2017 to take up the matter with Interpol for the issuance of his pink warrants. Nonetheless, the pink warrants have been but to be issued.
NAB in its reference accused Shahbaz Sharif of misusing his powers because the chief minister of Punjab. It mentioned the Punjab Land Growth Firm (PLDC) following due approval of its board of administrators (BoD) awarded the contract for infrastructure improvement of the Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing scheme to profitable bidder specifically M/S Ch. A. Latif & Sons in 2013.
It mentioned the PLDC issued Rs75 million as mobilization advance to the contractor firm whereas no criticism had been obtained by the corporate’s BoD towards the bidding course of. Nonetheless, then chief minister Sharif performing unlawfully on a so-called criticism assumed powers of the PLDC’s BoD referred the matter to the Anti-Corruption Institution to kneel down the profitable bidder.
He mentioned the investigation revealed that an organization specifically CONPRO Providers (Pvt) Restricted, which filed the so-called criticism, had bribed then Punjab secretary implementation Fawad Hassan Fawad. The complainant firm is believed to be owned by Kamran Kayani, NAB alleged.
The reference mentioned the previous chief minister and not using a lawful authority ordered the PLDC to entrust the housing venture to the LDA when Mr. Sharif’s shut aide Ahad Cheema was heading the authority as its director common. It mentioned the LDA undertook the venture beneath a public-private partnership to provide illegal profit to a blue-eyed agency M/S Bismillah Engineering Providers, which was proxy agency of M/S Paragon Metropolis (Pvt) Restricted.
NAB additionally accused Mr. Cheema of misusing his authority with felony intent and awarding Rs14 billion contracts of the low-cost housing scheme. It mentioned Mr. Cheema obtained unlawful gratification in type of 32 kanals land from the homeowners of Paragon builders as a reward of the contract.
The bureau alleged that Mr. Fawad canceled the contract and awarded the identical to M/s Lahore Casa Builders on an inflated value. It mentioned the federal government needed to pay Rs6 million as positive to the profitable bidder.